Section 35.77.010 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) provides that each city shall annually update its Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Program and file a copy of the adopted Program with the Secretary of the Washington State Department of transportation (WSDOT) by July 1 of each year. The Program is necessary to allow cities and counties to obtain state and federal funding. For a project to obtain funding from the state, it must appear in the agency's current program. Since the state also disperses federal highway funds, this requirement applies to federally-funded projects as well.
The Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Program lists planned transportation projects for the remaining year and the ensuing six years. The program includes roadways, bridges, non-motorized facilities, sidewalks and other capital related transportation projects. The program is based upon anticipated revenues versus desirable projects. There are always more projects than available revenues.
It is also important to note that the adoption of the program does not irreversibly commit the City of Tacoma to construct the projects. A project may be canceled at any time during the course of study or design. The program may at any time be revised by a majority of the City Council, but only after a public hearing.
On January 20, 2016, staff presented a proposed list of projects to be added to the Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program Amended 2015‑2016 & 2017‑2022 to the Transportation Commission. Staff also presented the proposed Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program Amended 2015-2016 & 2017-2022 to the Infrastructure, Planning, and Sustainability Committee on April 13, 2016. A City Council public hearing was held on May 24, 2016. This hearing provided an opportunity for citizens to comment on the proposed amended Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program Amended 2015-2016 & 2017-2022. There was no public testimony provided during the hearing.
The Tacoma City Council adopted the Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program amended for 2015-16 and 2017-2022 on July 12, 2016.